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Martin O'Malley

Martin O'Malley is the 61st governor of Maryland, having previously served as mayor of Baltimore City from 1999 to 2007. O'Malley defeated incumbent Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in the Nov. 7, 2006, election by a 6.5 percent margin. He was the only candidate to defeat a sitting governor in 2006. In 2010, O'Malley and Ehrlich again contested the gubernatorial position, with O'Malley again winning. O'Malley's involvement in politics began at age 20, when he became a volunteer for Gary Hart's presidential campaign. While in law school, O'Malley further honed his skills as state field director for Barbara A. Mikulski's successful U.S. Senate race and later served as a legislative fellow... Show more »
Martin O'Malley is the 61st governor of Maryland, having previously served as mayor of Baltimore City from 1999 to 2007. O'Malley defeated incumbent Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in the Nov. 7, 2006, election by a 6.5 percent margin. He was the only candidate to defeat a sitting governor in 2006. In 2010, O'Malley and Ehrlich again contested the gubernatorial position, with O'Malley again winning. O'Malley's involvement in politics began at age 20, when he became a volunteer for Gary Hart's presidential campaign. While in law school, O'Malley further honed his skills as state field director for Barbara A. Mikulski's successful U.S. Senate race and later served as a legislative fellow in her office. O'Malley was elected to a seat on the City Council in 1991 and served until 1999, representing Baltimore's 3rd District. As mayor, O'Malley's statistics-based accountability tool CitiStat won Harvard University's prestigious Innovations in American Government award in 2004. O'Malley is a 1985 graduate of The Catholic University. He earned his J.D. in 1988 from the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore and passed the bar the same year. O'Malley is married to state District Judge Catherine 'Katie' Curran O'Malley, the daughter of J. Joseph Curran Jr., who served as Maryland attorney general from 1987 to 2007. Martin and Katie O'Malley live in the governor's mansion in Annapolis with their children, Grace, Tara, William and Jack. Aside from politics, O'Malley showcases his musical talents and heritage with his on-again, off-again Irish rock band O'Malley's March.
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  • Looking Out: With Robin Williams' death, an LGBT icon falls to a familiar threat

    Looking Out: With Robin Williams' death, an LGBT icon falls to a familiar threat
    His eccentricity, boundary-pushing bravado and brilliant knack for flamboyance could have all made it so on their own, but it was perhaps Robin Williams' way of taking up queer characters with just the right balance of warmth and pitch-perfect irreverence...
  • In Williams' death, suicide prevention advocates see opportunity to raise awareness

    In Williams' death, suicide prevention advocates see opportunity to raise awareness
    Physicians, public health officials and mental health advocates hope the death of Robin Williams will bring new attention to suicide, the little-discussed and less-understood phenomenon that now ranks among the top 10 causes of death in the United States....
  • Marylanders volunteer to help immigrant children

    Marylanders volunteer to help immigrant children
    Hundreds of Marylanders are volunteering to help Central American children coming here as part of an influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border in recent months, O'Malley administration officials said Tuesday. Anne Sheridan, director of...
  • Changes coming to state employee health plan

    Changes coming to state employee health plan
    Maryland officials approved $16 billion in contracts Wednesday that are intended to change the way state employees use health care by offering rewards for taking steps to stay well — and imposing penalties for refusing to comply. Rewards would...
  • In Md. governor's race, the pot calls the kettle black [Editorial]

    In Md. governor's race, the pot calls the kettle black  [Editorial]
    Last week, the Maryland Democratic Party took a swipe at Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan for his decision to use public campaign financing during the primary and general elections, noting in a news release that Mr. Hogan, "who often...
  • GOP delegates seek answers on immigrant children

    GOP delegates seek answers on immigrant children
    Republican members of the House of Delegates are asking Gov. Martin O'Malley how Maryland will deal with the children coming to the state in the wave of unaccompanied minors from Central America entering the United States illegally. In a letter...
  • Clean power and energy efficiency for all Md. residents [Commentary]

    Clean power and energy efficiency for all Md. residents [Commentary]
    As Maryland considers options for cutting climate-warming emissions from existing power plants, the good news is we're already ahead of most other states in meeting new targets proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But let's not rest on...
  • Slain toddler a symbol at National Night Out in Waverly

    Slain toddler a symbol at National Night Out in Waverly
    Emotions were high at National Night Out in Baltimore, where residents offered to help pay for a murdered toddler's funeral while the city's police commissioner promised an arrest in the case by the end of the week. The death of 3-year-old McKenzie...
  • The taxi wars [Editorial]

    The taxi wars  [Editorial]
    The Maryland Public Service Commission's decision this week to classify the ride-sharing service Uber as a common carrier is probably not the end of the story as to whether the company will continue its operations in Baltimore City and Annapolis. Uber has...
  • O'Malley 'always writing' but is coy on book plans

    O'Malley 'always writing' but is coy on book plans
    Gov. Martin O'Malley sidestepped a question Monday about whether he was writing a book -- a frequent prelude to to a candidacy for president -- while keeping the door open to a run for the Democratic nomination in 2016. In an interview on the Fusion...
  • Nobody asked me (about casinos or Ray Rice), but . . .

    Nobody asked me (about casinos or Ray Rice), but . . .
    Nobody asked me, but … the fans who gave Ray Rice a standing ovation before Thursday's preseason game apparently have not read the Ravens' fan behavior policy — specifically, the part that says: "Fans help shape the Ravens' image." They...
  • Obama administration defies Maryland's will on seismic testing [Letter]

    Obama administration defies Maryland's will on seismic testing [Letter]
    As a lifelong Marylander, I am dismayed by the decision to open the coast to seismic testing ("Some Maryland lawmakers oppose seismic testing," Aug. 4). Maryland's delegation made their message clear in a letter to President Barack Obama: "Keep seismic...